The internet has made it possible for individuals from all over
the world to start their own business for a fraction of what it
would normally cost. This can a very promising prospect
especially if you reside in the Third World. As a writer and
webmaster from Jamaica, I have had some wonderful experiences. I
feel different even weird at times because I am not on the well
trodden roads to success.
You see, when you finish school most people opt to continue
their education and obtained a college degree with the hopes of
securing a well paid job. Here in Jamaica, every summer
thousands of high school graduates leave school and only a small
percentage of them is able to get work. What happens is that
the unemployment rate is always going up amongst young people
and there are limited opportunities for job creation.
Being able to secure a job as a low paid government employee, I
soon realized that my job did not offer much in terms of job
security. I found out that the internet could be used to generate
a source of income and I started my first website soon after
making the discovery.
The internet is a Godsend and has changed the paradigms for
creating wealth. The route most persons take to achieve success
A) Go to school
B) Secure a college degree
C) Join the rat race
D) Stay and run the mills until the age of retirement
A small percentage has decided to go against the grain and
become entrepreneurs. These people decided that the rat race is
not for them and they should be the one calling all the shots.
They earn a higher income than employees with lot more perks.
With the emergence of the internet as a revenue generating
medium, there as being a steady growth every year of the number
of persons starting their own ecommerce business.
And if you are from the “Developing World” like me, then we have
a more or less unique advantage depending on where you live.
Your ebusiness can be a major source of foreign exchange which
can work wonders for your income. Say for example you make your
money through Google’s AdSense program. A webmaster in New York
receiving a check for $US500 would consider it to be small
change because of the higher costs of rent, electricity and so
on. Joe Webmaster living in Haiti or Jamaica would be smiling
all the way to the bank when he converts that $500 to local
And to be honest I consider it to be a reward of some sort.
Having been born and grown in the bowels of poverty, I feel
delighted to know that we can find ways to become successful and
achieve our objectives despite limited resources. I started my
ebusiness at a public library and I did not have a computer or
credit card. That’s one of the beauties of the internet; you can
start with little or no money.
The internet is available to anyone no matter your geographical
location, and the opportunities are equal even though the
resources at hand may not be. Those $500 checks or more can be
life changing depending on your local currency rates and whether
you live in the Caribbean, Africa or Asia.
As I said before I started out in this business without a
computer, no credit card and no internet connection. The
experience and knowledge you gain from starting your own
ebusiness can be very fulfilling and guess what you may even
launch a consultancy service and earn money from local
businesses if you are adept at web design or internet marketing.
Remember what I said about having a unique advantage? The
advantage is that now you would be able to earn both local and
foreign currency and smile all the way to the bank.
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